SixOnSaturday December 5th. Promises to keep.

December is here, with bright blue skies and mild temperatures. I know it won’t last. I still have mulching to do and pruning to catch up on before the end of the year. There is snow in the weekend forecast. Time to take a few minutes to look at the promise of Spring to come. Catch up with other Sixes at the website of the host

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  1. Winter greens. Following a windstorm I foraged branches for my winter window boxes. Most years my fingers are numb by the time I finish them. This year’s task was sun-soaked. The containers will freeze solid in a week or two. No live plants in pots here!

2. Rhododendron buds are fat and happy. A promise of blooms to come.

3. Dwarf Kalmia “Elf” didn’t flower this year for the first time since I planted it 25 years ago but looks all set to flourish in 2021. Such a lovely little shrub.

4. Cornus Mas is covered in fat round flower buds against a cobalt sky.

5.” Carmine Jewel” dwarf cherry tree looks ready, set to go….

6. This could be the year we get a decent Hazelnut harvest, if I can protect them from the squirrels. there are loads of catkins on all the trees. If they aren’t prolific I may coppice the largest one in the spring.

In a couple of weeks we will reach the darkest day. Time will turn, days becoming imperceptibly longer and brighter. We will once again look forward to days spent with those close to us. Perhaps to live without anxiety. All things are possible, so I decorate with boughs and lights and hope for an easy passage into the promise of Spring to come. Stay safe!

8 thoughts on “SixOnSaturday December 5th. Promises to keep.

  1. I am under suggestion (orders!) to makes something with evergreen twigs/branches/foliage – a wreath or somesuch to hang on the garage door – oh, the thought of those freezing fingers.

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  2. That’s a lovely winter window box! I’m unfamiliar with Kalmia, so would love to see it once it flowers for you. There’s plenty of good fat buds ready to open in spring – I hope your winter isn’t too harsh.

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